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Igbo Marriage Ceremony Of Oraifite Nigeria with Bride Prices

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First Visit - traditionally known as Ikuaka n'uzo

A suitor shall make the customary first visit to his prospective in-law accompanied by not more than four relatives and/or friends with not more than one gallon of palm wine.

A violation of this provision shall upon proof thereof render the suitor liable to a penalty of #100.00 (One hundred Naira) payable to the Oraifite Improvement Union.

Second Visit

On the second customary visit the suitor accompanied by not more than five persons shall present to his proposed in-law not more than two gallions of palm wine (Nkwu Enu), four gallions of raffia palm wine (Ngwo), one carton of beer, one crate of soft drinks and one bottle of gin where upon the host shall on this occasion present some food and entertainment to his guests.

An infringement of this provision shall on proof thereof attract a penalty of #200.00 (Two hundred Naira) payable to the Oraifite Improvement Union by the Suitor.

Third Visit

On the customary third visit, the suitor shall be accompanied by nine persons and he shall on this occasion present to the family of the prospective bribe not more than two gallions of palm wine (Nkwu Enu), four gallions of raffia palm wine (Ngwo), two cartons of beer, two crates of soft drinks and one bottle of choice spirit or hot drink. The visitors or guests shall on this occasion be presented some food and entertainment.

A violation of this provision shall on proof thereof attract a penalty of #300.00 (Three hundred Naira) payable by the offender to the Oraifite Improvement Union.

Bride Price - traditionally known as Ime ego nwanyi

Bride price shall be in strict conformity with the provisions of Limitation of Dowry Law, Cap. 76, Laws of Eastern Nigeria, 1963, so however that the maximum bride price payable shall not exceed the sum of #60.00 (Sixty Naira).

Ima Ogodo

Not more than ten persons shall accompany the suitor on this occasion during which he shall present to the bride's family not more than the following items:

One native goat (Ewu Igbo)

Ten big yams

Ten big coco yams

One bunch of plaintains

One bunch of bananas

Two gallions of raffia palm wine (Ngwo)

Eight Kola nuts and

One bottle of spirit (hot drink)

To the youths (Umu Okolobia) of the bride's family, kindred or villiage the suitor shall present on this occasion:

Two gallions of palm wine (Nkwu Enu) and

Four gallions of raffia palm wine (Ngwo)

To the maidens (Umu Agboghobia) of the bride's family, kindred or villiage the suitor shall present on this occasion:

Two gallions of raffia palm wine (Ngwo) and

Two crates of soft drinks

To the bride's mother the suitor shall on this occasion present:

Four gallions of raffia palm wine (Ngwo)

Two gallions of palm wine (Nkwu Enu) and

Two crates of soft drinks

To the married female members (Umu Okpu) of the bride's family, kindred or village the suitor shall on this occasion present:

Two gallions of raffia palm wine (Ngwo)

One gallions of palm wine (Nkwu Enu)

One crate of soft drinks and

the sum of #5.00 (Five Naira)

On this occasion all phonographic records, tapes, gifts of money and/or cartons of beer or other alcholic beverages, except as hereinabove provided, are prohibited.

Any violation of the provisions of this sub-heads shall upon proof thereof attract a penalty of #500.00 (Five hundred Naira) payable by the suitor to the Oraifite Improvement Union (OIU).

Bachelor's Eve Celebrations

All forms of bachelor's eve and/or bride's send-off celebrations are hereby prohibited.

An infringement of this provision shall upon proof thereof make the suitor liable to a penalty of #1,000.00 (one thousand Naira) payable to the OIU.

Idu Uno

The bride's father may present to the bride the usual tradition and/or customary gifts.

The bride's father is prohibited from giving to the bride gifts of motor car, motocycle, refrigerator, radio receiving set, television, real property (i.e. land or building, bed or cookers.

An infringement of this provision hereunder attracts a penalty of #1,000.00 (one thousand Naira) payable by the bride's father to the OIU.

IKPOLU UNO

Not more than ten persions shall accompany the bride's family to the suitor's home.

On this occasion the suitor's family shall present the bride's family with:

One native goat (Ewu Igbo)

Food and entertainment

A sum not exceeding #20.00 (Twenty Naira) to the bride's father and

A sum not exceeding #10.00 (Ten Naira) to the bride's mother

An infringement of this provisions hereunder attracts a penalty of #100.00 (one hundred Naira) payable by the culprit to the Oraifite Improvement Union.

Amalum Uzo Ogo

Only three persons, viz, the brode's father, mother and the middleman (witness to the customary marriage) shall visit the suitor's home for the purose of this customary occasion.

Igbu Ewu Nwa (presentation of Children to their Maternal Family)

This incident of customary marriage shall be retained but only twenty persons from the husband's family are allowed to attend.

Items of customary presents to the wife's family during this ceremony are limited and restricted to:

One native goat (Ewu Igbo) for a male child

One hen for a female child

Two gallions of palm wine (Nkwu-Enu)

Eight gallions of raffia palm wine (Ngwo)

Eight Kola nuts

Four cartons of beer

Four crates of soft drinks

One bottle of spirit (hot-drink) and

One bowl of food

Any gifts to the child or children of the marriage shall moderately consist of yams, cocoyams, plantains, coconut and money.

Any person who violates any of the provisions hereunder shall upon proof therof be liable to a penalty of #500.00 (Five hundred Naira) payable to the Oraifite Improvement Union.

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@poster

NO thanks, i would kindly pass on that one.

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In summary, from the 1st visit to the last itme on this list may not cost more than N200,000 (conservatively)

12 gallons Palm wine

30 gallons Raffia palm wine

7 Cartons of  beer

12 crates of soft drink

16 pieces of kola nut

4 bottles of gin/hot drink

N95.00  cash

3 native goats (Ewu Igbo)

2 hens for a 2 children

10 big yams

10 big coco yams

1 bunch of plaintains

1 bunch of bananas

Food for about 100 people (taken care mostly by the brides family)

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Yes

Oraifite is a village in Anambra state

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in this century? I dont think so

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very nice, i like that tribe bo.

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Can somebody complete this sentence,

In any thread you see Emaka you must see -----------------------------------

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@osisi, are you from oraifite?

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Anyi ga ahapu omenala mebe omen'elu?

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These processes can be by-passed.

All a man needs to do is to impregnate the so-called Oraifite and the rest is HISTORY.

The umuanas and the umadas would be the ones begging me to take their daughter.

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